Nikolai Slywka

Nikolai Slywka is a research associate at the New America Foundation.

Recent Articles

Oxleymorons and FM Radio

On January 20, when it lifted the ban on low-power FM (LPFM) broadcasting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened the airwaves to as many as 1,000 new noncommercial radio stations operating at or below 100 watts. The goal of the FCC's initiative is to counter the consolidation and homogenization of the radio industry that has followed in the wake of the Telecommunications Act of 1996: Over the past three years, for example, while the number of radio stations has risen by nearly 4 percent, the number of station owners has fallen by 12 percent. Alarmed by these statistics, the FCC hopes that LPFM will provide a forum for the minority interests, church and community groups, and schools and local musicians who under the old rules found commercial radio access either prohibitively expensive or insufficiently available as free public-service airtime. Unsurprisingly, the LPFM plan has met with support from many citizens and organizations and has been attacked by commercial...